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Fontana Police Investigating After Dead Body Found in Tree

Fontana police are investigating after a dead body was found in the branches of a tree on Monday. Around 3:30 p.m., a woman arriving to an appointment at the San Antonio Community Clinic, in the 16400 block of Sierra Lakes Parkway, calling police saying she had seen a body in the tree branches, according to Daniel Romero with the Fontana Police Department. Fontana police and San Bernardino County Fire paramedics arrived and confirmed there was a deceased person in a tree. Investigators are on scene to conduct the investigation. Details on the victim’s identity or cause of death are not yet available.

Officials Searching for NorCal Mother of 3 Missing Since Last Week

Authorities are searching for a missing 33-year-old mother of three last seen a week ago in the Pleasant Valley area, according to KTLA sister station KTXL in Sacramento. Heather Gumina Waters broke her collarbone last Monday and had complained about being in pain after being released from the hospital, the missing woman’s mother, Joanna Russell, said. Gumina Waters spent that night at her Pleasant Valley area house. By Wednesday, both she and her car, a 2005 black Infiniti coupe, had vanished. Russell says she’s sleep deprived and scared with no one hearing from her daughter in several days. “It is very unlike her to not contact anyone,” Russell said. “That’s why there’s a concern for her safety right now and a concern that she had a broken collarbone. So, I’m praying that someone will hear this or have seen something or might know something and please report it to the sheriff’s.” The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office confirms its deputies are also searching for Gumina Waters and her car, sharing photos on social media. Russell says the black Infiniti coupe has distinctive pink markings, like…

India Launches Spacecraft to Explore Water Deposits on Moon

India sent a spacecraft to explore water deposits on the far side of the moon in a successful launch Monday after a technical problem caused a week’s delay. Scientists at the mission control center burst into applause as the rocket lifted off in clear weather as scheduled at 2:43 p.m. from Sriharikota in southern India. K. Sivan, head of India’s space agency, said the rocket successfully injected the spacecraft into orbit. The Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for “moon craft,” is scheduled to land on the lunar south pole in September and send a rover to explore water deposits confirmed by an earlier, orbiting mission. India would become only the fourth nation to land on the moon, following the U.S., Russia and China. India’s first moon mission in 2008 helped confirm the presence of water. The country plans to send its first manned spaceflight by 2022. India’s launch coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission this month. It came at a time when the world’s biggest space agencies are returning their gaze to the moon, seen as an ideal testing ground for technologies required for…

Trump Says He Could Win War in Afghanistan in a Week But Doesn’t ‘Want to Kill 10 Million People’

President Donald Trump claimed Monday he could end the nearly two-decade-old war in Afghanistan in a matter of days but that it would kill millions of people and wipe the country “off the face of the earth.” The president made the statement at the White House as he praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and sought his help in negotiating a peace deal in neighboring Afghanistan. “I could win that war in a week. I just don’t want to kill 10 million people,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “If I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. It would be gone. It would be over, literally, in 10 days.” Warming up to Khan marked a turnaround for Trump, who has been sharply critical of Pakistan and now hopes Khan’s government will use its influence with the Taliban to advance a peace deal and help the U.S. withdraw from the war. The war began when the U.S. went after al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and his Taliban supporters in Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.…

Californians in Wildfire-Prone Areas Lose Homeowners Insurance, Struggle to Get Coverage

When Stan Caplan built his retirement home on the ridge of a majestic chaparral-covered hillside in an affluent gated community in Rancho Santa Fe, he wasn’t thinking much about insuring his property against wildfire. Today, the issue has been consuming the 70-year-old Texas transplant. In June, he received a letter in the mail that his homeowner’s insurance was being canceled because of the “increased frequency of catastrophic wildfires in California.” Since then, he said he’s been through numerous brokers and rejected by dozens of insurance carriers. He said just one company offered him a policy — but for an eye-popping $24,000 a year with a $100,000 deductible. “I feel violated,” Caplan said. “There needs to be a solution. This is something that the state needs to address.” Read the full story at LATimes.com.

Coachella Valley Woman Arrested in Connection With Video Showing Children Smoking Weed: Police

Elaina Kabler is seen in a booking photo released July 22, 2019, by the Desert Hot Springs Police Department. A Riverside County woman is in custody after allegedly being caught on video giving marijuana to young children, investigators said Monday. Detectives began investigating 36-year-old Elaina Kabler of Desert Hot Springs after several people reported July 10 that disturbing video of the crime was circulating on social media, Desert Hot Springs police said in a news release. Video obtained by KESQ in Palm Springs shows a child holding a pipe and holding a flame to it. What appears to be pot can be seen in the smoking device’s bowl. “I have been through CPS (child protective services) 14 times,” a woman can be heard saying as what appears to be another child holds the pipe. KESQ identifies Kabler as the children’s mother, and police told the station the children involved are about 12 and 6 years old. Authorities served a search warrant in 66600 block of Third Street and took Kabler into custody last Wednesday, July 17. She was arrested on suspicion of three counts of…

Trump on Mueller Testimony: ‘Maybe I’ll See a Little Bit of It’

He won’t watch. Well, maybe just a little bit. President Donald Trump on Monday feigned indifference to Robert Mueller’s upcoming congressional testimony, an eyebrow-raising claim for a media-obsessed president who has been concerned for months about the potential impact of the former special counsel’s appearance. Much of Washington will stop in its tracks Wednesday as Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill for at least five hours, a nationally televised event that for many Americans will be their first detailed exposure to the former special counsel’s findings on Russia’s 2016 election interference. The Justice Department on Monday told Mueller his testimony should not go beyond information that has already been released publicly. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office: “I’m not going to be watching — probably — maybe I’ll see a little bit of it. I’m not going to be watching Mueller because you can’t take all those bites out of the apple.” That was a shift from Friday, when Trump insisted that he would not watch any of Mueller’s back-to-back appearances before two House committees. Either way, the president has continued to wage war on…

Chris Kraft, 1st Flight Director for NASA, Dies at 95

Behind America’s late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA’s Mission Control, died Monday in Houston, just two days after the 50th anniversary of what was his and NASA’s crowning achievement: Apollo 11’s moon landing. He was 95. Today, we remember the life and legacy of Chris Kraft who joined our Space Task Group in 1958 as our first flight director with responsibilities that immersed him in mission procedures and challenging operational issues. More on his contributions: https://t.co/e6M01Hpcmk pic.twitter.com/2CNBGqd26Q — NASA (@NASA) July 23, 2019 Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. never flew in space, but “held the success or failure of American human spaceflight in his hands,” Neil Armstrong, the first man-on-the-moon, told The Associated Press in 2011. Kraft founded Mission Control and created the job of flight director — later comparing it to an orchestra conductor — and established how flights would be run as the space race between the U.S. and Soviets heated…

Chris Kraft, First Flight Director For NASA, Dies At 95

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind America’s late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA’s Mission Control, died Monday in Houston, just two days after the 50th anniversary of what was his and NASA’s crowning achievement: Apollo 11’s moon landing. He was 95. Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. never flew in space, but “held the success or failure of American human spaceflight in his hands,” Neil Armstrong, the first man-on-the-moon, told The Associated Press in 2011. Kraft founded Mission Control and created the job of flight director — later comparing it to an orchestra conductor — and established how flights would be run as the space race between the U.S. and Soviets heated up. The legendary engineer served as flight director for all of the one-man Mercury flights and seven of the two-man Gemini flights, helped design the Apollo missions that took 12 Americans to the moon from 1969 to 1972 and later served as director of…

Glendale Woman in Coma After Fiancee Allegedly Struck Her With Hammer; Suspect Remains at Large

Brian Cruz is shown in photos released by the Glendale Police Department on July 19, 2019. A woman is in a medically-induced coma days after her fiancee allegedly hit her and her mother repeatedly with a hammer, and authorities continue to search for the suspect, officials said Monday. The younger victim, who has not been identified, was hit in the face and head several times in a home on the 600 block of West Wilson Boulevard early July 19,  according to Glendale police. She suffered several bone fractures and her finger was amputated. Her mother, who tried to intervene in the attack, was also struck in the head with the hammer. She was treated and eventually released from the hospital. Glendale police released this photo of a truck used by a man wanted on suspicion of beating his fiancee and her mother on July 19, 2019. Both victims live at the home, but it is unclear whether the suspect lives there as well. The suspect, Brian Cruz, 28, left the scene and was driving a black GMC Sierra Denali pickup truck, with a black license…

Trump Makes Surprise Appearance at New Jersey Wedding Reception

President Trump popped into a wedding reception at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, over the weekend, prompting the bride, groom and guests to chant, “USA! USA!” Groom P.J. Mongelli told CNN that Trump first dropped into the cocktail hour to meet bride Nicole Marie and other family members. Mongelli said they’d sent Trump multiple invitations but didn’t know if he’d actually show up. Donald Trump appears at a wedding in Bedminster, New Jersey on July 20, 2019 in this photo obtained by CNN. “It was a complete and utter surprise,” Mongelli said. Mongelli said he asked the President for a favor — to greet the guests at the reception. Video posted on social media showed Trump, wearing a dark suit but no tie, standing in a doorway and waving to the cheering crowd. The President motioned for the newly married couple from Staten Island to approach and they stood on either side of him, pumped their fists and led the chant, “USA! USA!” the video showed. “He was such a gentleman,” Mongelli said. “He was aces.” Mongelli said he and his wife are…

China Challenging Australia for Influence Over Pacific Islands

With beaches fringed with palm trees and pristine waters full of tropical fish, many Pacific Islands are the kinds of remote places you would expect to see on Instagram. But for China and Australia, these tiny islands have become the center of an emerging power struggle. Foreign involvement is nothing new for these islands, which collectively control an area of ocean bigger than Russia. Colonial governments ruled some of the 14 Pacific Island nations over different periods of time. They all now govern themselves but, due to poor economic growth, this is one of the world’s most aid-dependent regions. For decades, Australia has been the biggest donor of that aid. In many ways, that makes sense — Australia is the richest nation in Oceania and nearly 206,700 people claimed Pacific Island ancestry in its 2016 census. As the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison puts it: “This is our patch.” But in recent years, China has emerged as a major player in the region, too. The Pacific Islands are home to fewer than 10 million people — slightly less than the population of Sweden — are thousands of miles from Beijing and have…

DOJ Letter to Mueller Says His Testimony ‘Must Remain Within the Boundaries’ of Public Report

The Justice Department wrote a letter to Robert Mueller on Monday about his upcoming congressional hearing, telling the former special counsel his testimony must adhere to the 448-page report he issued earlier this year. Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., on May 29, 2019. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) The testimony, the letter stated, “must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege.” The letter, sent in response to Mueller’s request for guidance about his testimony, is signed by Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer. Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence panels Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. The former special counsel has been a reluctant witness, and is appearing before subpoena. Democrats plan to push Mueller on several aspects of his investigation as well as the question if he would recommend charges against President Donald Trump were he not the President. Mueller will have a prepared opening statement for his hearing that has not been…

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